One of the goals of our ministry is to be age appropriate. We understand that as kids move from preschool to preteen, their capability to understand Biblical truths grow as well. We never have to shy away from what the Bible teaches, but we can always do it in a way where children can understand.
For example, a preschooler can understand that God loves them, while a preteen can go deeper, understanding that believers can live with joy regardless of their situation because of God’s great love.
So what can your child understand about Easter? Of course, each child is different, but LifeWay has put together a nice recourse that can help parents and teachers have a general idea of what concepts kids can grasp at different ages. It’s called the Levels of Biblical Learning, and it covers 10 areas including salvation, creation, and the Bible.
Here are some snippets from this resource that might help you this Easter see what your child can understand about this holy day!
Younger Preschool They are beginning to recognize and sing simple songs about Jesus. They can understand that Jesus loves them, Jesus did everything God told Him to do, and the basic fact that Jesus is alive.
Middle Preschool They are beginning to develop a conscience and are sensitive to feelings of shame and guilt. They can understand that Jesus loves people. They start understanding the concept that Jesus is God’s Son and that He always obeyed God. You can also start helping them understand that Jesus is with God.
Older Preschool They can see Jesus as a friend and a helper, and are starting to make conclusions about God. Here, they can really start to comprehend that Jesus died on the cross and is alive. Along with that, they can understand that Jesus is God’s one and only Son, that Jesus was tempted to sin but did not, and that Jesus is in heaven with God.
Younger Kids As we jump from preschool to elementary, kids start seeing consequences to sin and most can begin to have a simple understanding of the gospel. For Easter, these kids can understand that Jesus died on the cross, and God raised Him from the dead. They start to know that it means when we say that Jesus was sent to be my Savior. They can also start to grasp salvation even more, understanding that Jesus took the punishment for people’s sins, God will forgive me if I ask Him., and people who trust Jesus as their Savior and Lord are Christians.
Middle Kids These formative years are when kids start asking serious questions about religion and start forming their values. They can understand a bigger picture of Easter. For example, they can know that God planned for Jesus to be the Savior from the beginning of time, Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin, and Jesus is the Messiah and Savior. Their picture of salvation grows as well. They can understand that salvation is the gift of eternal life in heaven with God. Through salvation, God adopts us as His children. They know what you mean when you say, “When the Holy Spirit convicts you of my sin, you can trust Jesus as your personal Savior.”
Preteens At this stage in life, they are forming concepts of personal worth and are seeking spiritual answers. Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection were a necessary part of God’s plan for the forgiveness of sin. God sent Jesus to fulfill His promise of redemption. Jesus sits at God’s right hand and intercedes for us as our advocate, mediator, and high priest. When Jesus returns, all things will be made new. When it comes to salvation, preteens can know that people cannot save themselves. Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins, redeeming and rescuing me from sin and death. They also see that a growing relationship with Jesus is important and necessary. A Christian experiences joy when he recognizes God is at work in his life and in the lives of others.
This is only a small sampling of the Levels of Biblical Learning, and I highly encourage you to check out the full resource. The breakdown is extremely helpful!
Happy Easter everyone! Hope to see you at FBCBR!